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'Irresponsible' Executive rejects M8 car share lane

THE SCOTTISH Executive this week rejected claims that it ignored advice from consultants to include car share lanes in a £180M upgrade of the A8 between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Public transport campaigner Transform Scotland accused the Executive of 'ducking responsibility for tackling rising traffic levels'.

The Executive's decision to ignore proposals to control traffic growth on the 10km upgrade was revealed in draft orders published for the scheme last week.

Consultants including Jacobs Babtie, Carl Bro and SKM advised the Executive in May 2002 that measures to control traffic demand on the road should be considered alongside increasing capacity.

They suggested this be done by introducing ramp metering and car share lanes along with controls on development in the vicinity of the road, introducing congestion charging to the whole of Glasgow, and by providing car pooling at interchanges.

The Executive said this week that it had considered all options submitted by its consultants and concluded that neither high vehicle occupancy lanes nor ramp metering were suitable for the scheme.

Plans for congestion charging in Scotland have been effectively scrapped after Edinburgh residents voted against a city centre scheme last year.

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